Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise

Creating value for families and businesses through research and innovation

The Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise was launched on February 7, 2015 with an aim to advance real-world and academic knowledge of family business. Since its inception, the Centre has been bringing together faculty and practitioners from India and abroad with the broad aim of combining theory and practice to enhance research and innovation in the field.
Family businesses make a major contribution towards wealth creation, job generation, and increasing competitiveness in countries around the world. As such, the unique challenges and opportunities faced by them are rapidly becoming an important subject of management research. Cognizant of these developments, a Chair was set up in 2006 at ISB, which later developed into a full-fledged Centre. It has been generously funded with support from Thomas Schmidheiny, Founder and Chairman of Spectrum Value Management, Ltd, Switzerland.
In its mandate to continually create platforms for the exchange of insights and knowledge among diverse stakeholders, the Centre has been engaging closely with leading family businesses in India and Asia, through conferences, workshops and forums. The bi-annual Asian Family Business Conference hosted by the Centre is one such initiative that has gained immense popularity over the years. The Centre has forged several collaborations with academic institutions and professional organizations at both the national as well as international level. These engagements have helped the Centre to contribute significantly to the growing body of research on various aspects of family business.